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Irving ``Fishbones'' Stevens, hobo, 88



PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) - Irving ``Fishbones'' Stevens, who gained fame
with his stories about life as a Depression-era hobo, died Tuesday. He
was 88.

Stevens was named King of the Hobos in 1988 at the annual National Hobo
Convention in Britt, Iowa. At the 1993 convention, he crowned his
daughter as Queen of the Hobos.

Stevens' first book, ``Fishbones: Hoboing in the 1930s,'' published in
the 1980s, contained more than a dozen stories based on his
recollections of his life on the road.

His second book, published in 1992, was ``Mandy's Washtub and Other
Stories,'' a compilation of Maine folklore written over a 10-year
period.

Stevens is remembered by fishermen and campers for Irving's Fly Dope,
the foul-smelling fly repellent that he mixed, bottled and distributed
for 30 years.



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